‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’ - Matthew 11:28-30

Our Vision and Intent

To study Health and Social Care at Brownedge St Mary's enables students to develop, achieve, design and implement knowledge and skills that will make them ask deeper questions and provide them with transferable skills and enhance their employability.

The Health and Social Care Department at Brownedge St Mary’s aims to make lesson engaging and challenging but, above all, that are memorable and enjoyable.  I hope to use our lessons to encourage our students to look at the world with an informed and enquiring mind.  I believe that the most important part of our work is to equip all of our young people with the ability to live a full life where they can become confident and questioning individuals and provide then with the future to which they aspire.  The vision of the Health and Social Care Department is that it can become the means by which our pupils can become resilient individuals who are prepared and equipped for an ever-changing world to which they feel certain they can contribute in a meaningful way.

About 3 million people in the UK work in health and social care, that is equivalent to 1 in every 10 people.  Demand for both health and social care is likely to continue to rise due to the ageing population, so it is sure to continue to play a key role in UK society.  The demand for people to fill these vital jobs will continue to increase.  Our rationale is to provide a fluid and dynamic knowledge rich KS4 option curriculum, which gives learners, access and progress to KS5 and beyond.   This course will help learners to develop key transferable skills and knowledge such as self-evaluation and research skills.

Learners will study how people grow and develop over the course of their lives from infancy to old age, and the factors that may affect this, such as major life events like marriage or parenthood.  Learners will analyse this impact from a positive and negative viewpoint, demonstrating empathy.  They may apply this to a person of their choice.  Learners will understand how people adapt to these changes and the local and national health and social care support that is available to them.  Learners will also research health and social care services in their local community.  They will look at how people access the local health and social care services provided and the support that is given in the local community.  Learners will be given the opportunity to demonstrate and apply the key care values to scenarios.  Learners will develop skills in measuring and interpreting data about someone’s physiological health to design a care plan that will allow them to analyse and improve their health and wellbeing.  Overall, learners should be given the opportunity to self-reflect about choices they make and how they affect others.

Learners will also benefit from guest speakers from their local community and beyond.  Learners may be given the opportunity to visit and take part in work experience in a variety of setting such as pre-schools, primary schools and nursing homes.  It will also be an intention to raise student aspirations by developing key links with colleges for all students.   Learners will also be able to draw on the knowledge and skills acquired from other GCSE subjects where relevant. Learners can use the knowledge and skills from GCSEs generally, giving them the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to everyday and work contexts. It does not limit progression options because the skills acquired are applicable to a range of future pathways.

Overall Health and Social Care aims to help young people develop a sense of self-worth and the wisdom to see the world through the eyes of others and to understand their place within the world.  I also want our learners to develop and have empathy for those around them, locally and globally and to be able to consider the dilemmas some people face from all walks of life.

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Careers and progression

  • Nursing
  • Midwife
  • Probation service
  • Police service
  • Care Work
  • Early years care
  • Nursery assistants
  • Social worker
  • Community outreach
  • Counsellors
  • Rehabilitation therapy